Sep 21, 2017 | Atlanta, GA
The 2017 congress of the International Union of Architects (UIA) was held in Seoul earlier in September. The theme of the congress was The Soul of the City, aiming to express the need for policy makers, planners and architects to integrate environmental, social and economic aims with the fundamental aim of supporting a good life, fulfilling and creative. Professor John Peponis was one of the contributors to the first keynote forum, chaired by Georgia Tech doctoral alumnus Sung Hong KIM, which addressed Urban Living. Peponis’ presentation emphasized the principles of good city design that are supported by analytical research in the field of space syntax in which Georgia Tech holds a leadership position internationally. These include urban liveliness as a function of street network connectivity, cultural and social openness as a function of the intelligibility of cities, a link between face-to-face and translocal networks as a function of the interrelation of scales or organization, and the sense of richness and diversity which arises from the creation of a mesh of potential destinations that distribute attraction over the street network.
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